Dance

Upper School Dance Courses

Upper School dance classes are open to students in Grades 9-12. Dance courses are offered at the Dance I, Dance II and Dance III (Advanced) levels. Students take the class that is appropriate for their ability, regardless of their grade level. Dance classes meet three times a rotation, for the entire year. Dance courses fulfill both Art and Co-curricular Credit requirements.

Dance I

Dance I focuses on the development of contemporary Dance technique, incorporating elements of Modern Dance, Jazz, and Ballet. Areas of concentration include: understanding correct stance, learning basic dance movements, improving strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, developing concentration, confidence, and spatial awareness, comprehending the correlation between music and movement, and experiencing the fun of dancing both in the classroom and on stage. The study of related areas such as composition, improvisation, and repertory is also included. Video viewing, guest teachers, relaxation days, assembly performances, and opportunities to perform in dance productions supplement classroom work. Full-year course, 1/2 credit.



Dance II

Dance II is for students who have completed the Dance I course, or who have previous experience and training. The course focuses on the study of Contemporary Dance Technique, incorporating elements of Modern Dance, Jazz, and Ballet. Work in the Dance II class concentrates on the development of strong physical skills and technical proficiency. Turns, jumps, fall and recovery, dynamics, and timing are included. Emphasis is also placed on expanding aesthetic sensitivity, developing confidence, working with more complex music and various types of accompaniment, becoming adept at dancing in large or small groups, and on having fun dancing both in the classroom and on stage. Study in related areas such as composition, improvisation, and repertory is also included. Video viewing, guest teachers, relaxation days, somatic lessons and assembly performances supplement classroom work. Students in the Dance II class are encouraged to perform, audition and/or choreograph for dance productions. Full-year course, 1/2 credit.


Dance III (Advanced)

Dance III (Advanced) is a course designed for experienced and skilled dancers. Emphasis is placed on the expansion of technical ability and the broadening of movement capacity by learning material that is not only physically complex but also mentally demanding. Advanced dancers are challenged to seek the meaning behind the movement. We strive to develop artistic insight and aesthetic sensitivity both in the classroom and on stage. A wide range of accompaniment and musical styles is introduced, as is small group and solo work. Students are expected to learn quickly, go beyond where they are comfortable, think outside of the box, apply corrections, and adapt to a variety of styles. Advanced dancers experience what its like to sometimes turn traditional technique on its head, without sacrificing its integrity, and to have fun doing it. Study in areas such as composition, improvisation, and repertory is incorporated. Video viewing, guest teachers, relaxation days, somatic lessons and assembly performances supplement classroom work. The dancers also create and perform a dance for Compchorea, our annual dance and music concert. Students in Dance III (Advanced) are strongly advised to perform, audition and/or choreograph for dance productions. Full-year course, 1/2 credit. Audition or permission from instructor required.


 

Mz Bo plans on having a guest teacher in Hoop Dance in the fall. (Yes…Hula Hoops!) Exciting plans are in the works for the fall dance assembly. The dance, visual art and music departments are working on a collaborative project with Compchorea in mind, more news on that when we get back to school. Mz Bo attended the Bates Dance Festival Professional Training Program at Bates College this summer.

Rehearsal for WINTERLIGHTS, the Candle Dance in Winterfest, will begin in late September. Returning dancers and anyone interested in signing up for a part should check the Dance board in the PAC. New dancers are needed to replace graduating seniors. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible. If you are not sure what WINTERLIGHTS/ Winterfest is all about, speak to Ms. Parish, Mr. Emanuel, Mrs. Martineau or read the Dance board in the Daren PAC.

Auditions for Ms. Parish's Compchorea dances will take place on Friday, September 23, 3:30-5. Mz Bo is considering one of her repertory pieces and a new piece based on an older piece entitled Lola. Both are fast, fun, jazzy, and challenging! Students in grades 7-12 are eligible. The most important part of Compchorea is the choreography created and presented by students. Start thinking about it now! Modern, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Salsa, Jazz...whatever...get your creative ideas flowing! Perhaps think about collaborating with a musician. There is no Compchorea without your dances. The Daren PAC is open at various times for student choreographers and dancers to rehearse. If you are not sure what Compchorea, our annual dance and music concert, is all about, speak to Ms. Parish, Mr. Emanuel, Mrs.Martineau or read the board in the Daren PAC.
 
Dance students also perform in the spring assembly and on Grandparent's Day. Whatever we do...we'll be finding out that there is power in thoughtfulness and freedom in discipline!